Expressions of joy and excitement were obvious from the faces of Paradigta Academy alumni for the first batch of 2016/2017 and the second batch of 2017/2018 upon learning that the Paradigta Academy Alumni Forum will be held on 23-24 September 2018. They were thrilled at the prospect of meeting fellow graduates from other regions. A preparatory meeting was held at the Lodan Doe PEKKA Center in Hinga Village, Kelubagolit Sub-District of East Flores District.
The meeting was also an opportunity for participants to share experiences on how they have personally developed and their involvement at the village level. They were grateful for having had the opportunity to learn at the Paradigta Academy, which has allowed them play an active role in the community as village officials, legislative candidates, organizers of various village and church activities, and musrenbang participants where their proposals are accepted and the necessary funds alloacated. At the meeting, Academy alumni made plans for a cultural performance and agreed that the Paradigta Academy alumni forum be held every three years. Held on 10 September 2018, the meeting ended with a potluck feast.
Contributor: Apriani Ese Dini